For this week’s contest, we want to highlight a lovely book of personal essays. This slim and powerful collection will resonate with anyone who has found joy—and soothed sorrows—in nature. To win a copy of Kathleen Dean Moore’s Wild Comfort, leave a note in the comments: Where is your favorite outdoor reading place? Deadline: Friday, March 19 at 10 a.m.
Here’s an excerpt from Marianne Peters’ BookPage review of Wild Comfort:
Employing a naturalist’s understanding of the world and a poet’s gift for language, Moore faces nature’s bracing truth and endless cycles of birth and death, wrestling to reconcile her own eventual death with a life of joyful surrender. “The bottom may drop out of my life,” she writes, “what I trusted may fall away completely, leaving me astonished and shaken. But still . . . there is wild comfort in the cycles and the intersecting circles, the rotations and revolutions, the growing and ebbing of this beautiful and strangely trustworthy world.”
Also, congratulations to the winner of last week’s Monday contest, Charlotte, whose favorite book published by HarperCollins is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.